Deal Alert: Flights to New Zealand From $619 Round-Trip From Across the US
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
A couple of days ago, we shared an excellent deal to Australia in the low $600s. And now, there's a deal just as great to Australia's South Pacific neighbor New Zealand! While it's already snowing here in parts of the US, it's almost summer in New Zealand — making it a perfect time to visit.
Auckland is also one of the destinations eligible for 20,000 bonus miles if you book a flight+hotel package through AA Vacations. This can be an excellent way of working in a final year-end mileage run to a great destination. Just note that the T&C of this promotion requires the hotel stay to match the length of the trip.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: American Airlines
Routes: ORD/IAH/DCA/EWR/SFO/DEN to AKL
Cost: $619+ round-trip
Travel Dates: November - December 2018, February - March and May - June 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Auckland (AKL) for $619 round-trip on American Airlines:
Houston (IAH) to Auckland (AKL) for $619 round-trip on American Airlines:
Washington DC (DCA) to Auckland (AKL) for $619 round-trip on American Airlines:
Newark (EWR) to Auckland (AKL) for $621 round-trip on American Airlines:
San Francisco (SFO) to Auckland (AKL) for $619 round-trip on American Airlines:
Denver (DEN) to Auckland (AKL) for $619 round-trip on American Airlines:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: The Flight Deal